Thursday, January 22, 2015

Why Oatmeal Is The Best For Weight Loss

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I was raving about my oatmeal this morning AND referencing an embarrassing story about my love of it.  Well, here it is:

My mother birthed and breastfed 6 children.  She firmly believed in its benefits and was dutiful in breastfeeding us all.  I know that some people are of the opinion that if you are too old to ask for it than you're probably too old to get it.  Well, I was asking for it.

One morning I went in to her room, looked up at her, and asked, "Eat?".  Mom had decided that it was time to wean me off of breast milk completely, so she turned me down.  Rejected and deflated, I put my little head down and lamented my loss.  Then I looked up and asked, "Oatmeal?".   Even I knew back then that it was my second best option for nutrition.

Studies are showing that eating oatmeal for breakfast will help support weight loss.  Awesome, right? Here are the benefits and reasoning behind it.

It's backed by science:  A small study found that those who ate oatmeal daily for six weeks had a greater decrease in cholesterol levels and waist size than those who ate the same amount of carbs in noodles over the same time period. It's proof that you can have your carbs and eat them, too!

It keeps you satisfied: There's no need to reach for an unhealthy convenience snack in the morning when you've got oatmeal on your side; it offers the calories and fiber you need to stay satisfied all morning long. Unlike sugary breakfast cereals full of refined carbs, the body digests oatmeal at a slower pace, keeping blood sugar levels steady, energy up, and hunger away.

It helps you time carbs right: When it comes to weight loss, celebrity trainers Bob Harper and Gunnar Peterson agree: you should eat carbs for breakfast. According to Manhattan-based nutritionist and registered dietitian Shira Lenchewski, "[carbs] are burned more efficiently in the morning than at night," so they don't go unused and get stored as fat in the body. Shira also recommends that the largest meal (higher in carbohydrates) be breakfast.

It's quick to come together: Rolled oats take well under 10 minutes from prep to bowl. It might be a little more time than that instant packet you're used too, but these varieties don't come with any added sugars often found in those flavored packets. Or there's always the option to go with overnight oats that require just a little prep the night before and are ready to eat from the fridge the next morning.

The possibilities are endless: This warming breakfast should never feel boring or blah. Liven up your oatmeal bowl with these healthy combinations that keep your meal feeling fresh, filling, and satisfying to your taste buds, too.

Eat clean.  Live lean.  Live better.  Live longer.

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